2. A piglet known as Chris P. Bacon examines his new wheelchair on the office floor of veterinarian and owner Len Lucero in Clermont, Fla. The little animal’s hind legs are deformed and Lucero had fashioned a wheelchair out of K’nex toys to help it walk. Chris outgrew the wheelchair, and will soon grow into his new, sturdier model. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Scott Audette)

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    • A pug competes in a race during the third international pug dog meeting in Berlin on July 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

    • Pigs race at the Los Angeles County Fair, the largest in the country, in Pomona, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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  3. Top: A man walks his pet pig in Mexico City.

    Left: Masked protesters take part in a flash mob in support of Russian feminist band Pussy Riot.

    Right: Devotees form a human pyramid during the Hindu festival Janmashtami in Mumbai, India.

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  4. Taxidermied piglet turned piggy bank. And no, we’re not kidding. They cost $4,000 and there’s a long wait. The company selling these things says the piglets die of natural causes. Needless to say, the Winnipeg Humane Society isn’t very pleased with the whole thing.

    I’d post a photo, but I’ll just let you go here and see it if you choose.


  5. Frankenbacon! There’s another engineered creature that’s stirring debate: The Enviropig — or, to critics, “Frankenswine.” The animal’s Canadian creators say it is less harmful to the environment than natural pigs, and would help farmers cut costs. Really?

    Photo: Corbis